The Nigeria High Commission in Canada says it is set to evacuate Nigerians stranded in the Country due to Coronavirus travel restrictions.
The Commission, in a statement, said it had received no fewer than 200 requests for evacuation, adding that a Boeing 777 Aircraft operated by Air Peace has been specially arranged to fly the intending returnees home on Thursday, May 14, 2020.
The High Commission noted that it could be the only special evacuation flight for Nigerian nationals stranded in Canada due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
It said the plane would pick the prospective passengers from two locations in Canada, namely Toronto and Alberta.
According to the flight schedule, the Aircraft is expected to pick the first set from the Pearson International Airport, Toronto, from there, it will fly to the Calgary International Airport, Alberta, a distance of 2,915 k.m., to load the second set of passengers.
The Aircraft will depart Alberta for the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, where the evacuees would be moved into isolation for 14 days.
The one-way flight will cost each prospective evacuee between 1,130 dollars (₦452,000) and 2,000 dollars (₦800,000) depending on the class.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the special evacuation exercise began on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, with the return of 265 Nigerians from the United Arab Emirates.
On Friday, May 8, 2020, Nigerians numbering 253 were brought back from the United Kingdom, followed by 160 from the United States on Sunday, May 10, 2020.